Track Training Tips No. 39
 
10 Key Steps  to ensuring that your Training provides
measurable added value.
 
1. Most employers recognize that Learning and Development will improve their business – but how to prove it? Think about how you will demonstrate your R.O.I.
2. Don’t make it ad-hoc i.e. when there is some spare cash in the kitty.
3. Don’t make it a sheep dip event – everyone is different.
4. Ensure that all L and D is linked to the needs of the business – and for most organisations, the easy way to do this is through your PDR/Appraisal processes.
5. Identify the precise behavioural outcomes required and link them to improved performance.
6. Ensure that the outcomes and the performance requirements are reflected in the Learning Objectives of the training intervention.
7. Sell the L and D to those who you believe need to attend – answer their key question – What’s In It For Me?
8. Set realistic benchmarks and ensure that learners know what they are.
9. Raise the bar as progress is made.
10. Share the findings throughout the organisation – especially with senior management and celebrate success.
 
None of these steps are rocket science and non of them take long to put into place. Simply apply the same logical approach that you would to any other expenditure and treat Learning and Development as an investment and not an expense.
 
Links to workshops:
 
Transforming Potential into Capability
 
For further information and business support contact Dave Chesters on 01785 823583 or take a look at our website www.tracktrainingservices.co.uk  
 
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An opportunity:
 
Are you a growing business seeking to achieve your ambitions of rapid, sustainable growth? If so then GrowthAccelerator may be for you.
 
GrowthAccelerator is a new premium service that is a partnership between private enterprise and government. It provides access to high quality Coaching and Training opportunities.
 
To be eligible a business must be registered in England, have less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40.0m
 
If you would like to find out more about this great opportunity then contact david@tracktrainingservices.co.uk 
 
 

 

Track Training Tips No. 38

‘STEEP’ Steps to Effective Workplace Coaching

 

Definitions:

Training is typically one to many off the job, and coaching is one to one on the job. Coaching is a tailored, structured programme of skills and knowledge transfer designed with a specific learner in mind.

Benefits:

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Tailored to the needs of the learner, on the job (therefore saving lots of external spend), at a time, place and pace to suit the learner, capable of immediate evaluation, ‘time to competence’ is dramatically decreased. There are of course many benefits for the coach and the organisation as well.

What do we need to make it happen? An organisation that recognises the value of coaching and builds the process into the ‘way we do business’ and coaches with the required skills and confidence to ‘make it happen’. What we don’t need is simply the best widget maker passing on his/her experience in an unstructured, haphazard manner!

The Process:

A consistent, proven model is essential to ensure that your learning objectives are achieved. STEEP is one that I have used in many workshops for a wide variety of clients.

SPOT every opportunity to coach (when things go wrong, to motivate, to solve   problems, Health and Safety issues etc).

TAILOR and agree the coaching objectives with the learner. Be specific about what is to be learned and how the individual will demonstrate that they have learned it.

EXPLAIN and impart the knowledge and skills at the right time and place and in bite sized chunks.

EVALUATE the learners understanding – can they do it, write it down, talk you though it?

PRAISE for the effort, progress made, value added.

Creating a team of suitably trained and confident internal coaches could be one of the most cost effective initives that you implement this year.

Links to workshops:

Coaching Skills

Delivering Feedback without the Tears

 

For further information and business support contact Dave Chesters on 01785 823583 or take a look at our website www.tracktrainingservices.co.uk 

 

‘Training Solutions that Guarantee Results’

 

 

An opportunity:

Are you a growing business seeking to achieve your ambitions of rapid, sustainable growth? If so then GrowthAccelerator may be for you.

GrowthAccelerator is a new premium service that is a partnership between private enterprise and government. It provides access to high quality Coaching and Training opportunities.

To be eligible a business must be registered in England, have less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40.0m

If you would like to find out more about this great opportunity then contact david@tracktrainingservices.co.uk

 

 

Track Training Tips No. 37

Motivating Your Workforce During Challenging Times

 

A recent on line poll from ‘People Management’ asked the question: “Has your Job satisfaction gone down during the recession?”

38% answered NO, 62% answered YES!

Now whilst the old adage of “If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got”, might be absolutely fine during steady times – during exceptional times it may well be a recipe for disaster.

My Top Ten Tips for Motivating your staff during difficult times:

 

  1. Maintain a flexible approach  – “different strokes for different folks”.
  2. Maintain flexible pay and reward systems – as far as is practical.
  3. Make it your job to look out for signs of stress and signs of demotivation.
  4. Work overtime on the empathy and rapport.
  5. Check that your are getting the best out of your diverse workforce – match skills with jobs.
  6. Offer training to those that need it/can benefit from it – remember not just current skills but also future potential.
  7. There is a clear measurable link between Job Satisfaction and Motivation – so make sure that what you are asking people to do is both interesting and varied.
  8. Provide regular quality feedback to all – both formal and informal.
  9. Check your management style – make sure that you are part of the solution not part of the problem.
  10. How you manage, implement and communicate CHANGE is probably the key to current survival and future success (if you don’t know how then seek advice!).

Links to workshops:

How to Motivate and Delegate

Leading Your Teams Through Change

For further information and business support contact Dave Chesters on 01785 823583 or take a look at our website www.tracktrainingservices.co.uk 

‘Training Solutions that Guarantee Results’

 An opportunity:

Are you a growing business seeking to achieve your ambitions of rapid, sustainable growth? If so then GrowthAccelerator may be for you.

GrowthAccelerator is a new premium service that is a partnership between private enterprise and government. It provides access to high quality Coaching and Training opportunities.

To be eligible a business must be registered in England, have less that 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40.0m

If you would like to find out more about this great opportunity then contact david@tracktrainingservices.co.uk

 
 

Track Training Tips No. 36

10 Things to do before you arrive in the training room …….

In order to ensure that you are getting the most from your hard pressed training budget, here are the top 10 things to do before arriving at the training room door.

 

  1. Ensure that the ethos of ‘continuous improvement’ is accepted and understood throughout the organisation – learning and development is for everyone at all levels – make sure this is included in your induction programmes.
  2. Train your managers to recognise a training need when they see it – if the individual has never done it right, then maybe they don’t know how to!
  3. Conduct a Training Needs Analysis – use your development review systems – formally at least once a year so that you can pull together a Company Training Plan – cost and prioritise your learning needs for the coming year .
  4. Remember that you need to think beyond the here and now – what competencies do we need for the future – make it a two way street with the learner.
  5. How best to gain the required learning – a workshop may not be the only route to success (or cheapest) – think through the options.
  6. Find the best source of training available for your needs – experience, cost, location, tutors background – meet them in person and ask lots of questions.
  7. If you want quality learning and quality outputs then you need a quality environment! A spare managers office is simply not good enough. Space, light, IT kit, teas, coffees etc.
  8. Prepare the learners – managers should be briefing all delegates – remind them why they are attending, what is expected of them, how they will be required to demonstrate added value on their return to work.
  9. Meet and great from a senior person on the day – this is vital to set the scene and the expectations for the event. Ensure that ‘no shows’ are required to explain their behaviour.
  10. Evaluate and ensure managers follow up with a debrief.

 

Links to workshops:

Conducting an Effective Performance Review

For further information and business support contact Dave Chesters on 01785 823583 or take a look at our website www.tracktrainingservices.co.uk 

 

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